Crepis capillaris smooth hawk’s beard Asteraceae CRCA*; Bx, vc;


Crepis Herbarium, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Crepis capillaris..PNW Weed Management Handbook.Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. (Accessed 5/2014).

Crepis capillaris is an annual or biennial herb, to 90 cm from a taproot, sap slightly milky, stem often freely branched, stem rough-hairy near base, plant sometimes pale, waxy-green. 

Leaves alternate, mostly basal, to 30 cm long, 4.5 cm wide, basal leaves stalked, lance-shaped, toothed to deeply lobed, lobes pointed, stems leaves becoming smaller upwards, clasping stem, base with pointed lobes. 

Flowers yellow, heads numerous, small, bracteate base 0.5-0.8 cm long, wooly-hairy, hairs sometimes glandular, inner bracts 8-16, outer bracts linear, to half as long as the inner, flowers 20-60, July-Oct. 

Fruit dry, one-seeded achene, ca 0.2 cm long with a plume of capillary bristles. 

Wetland status: UPL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Europe. 

Habitat: A weed of lawns, gardens roadsides, open areas.